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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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What other bacteria cause PID besides Chlamydiae and Gonorrhea?

What other bacteria cause PID besides Chlamydiae and Gonorrhea?

See below: From UpToDate: Mycoplasma genitalium is also a common cause in pre-menopausal women. In post-menopausal women PID is not common, but E.coli and anaerobic bacteria are often the cause......* However, in most cases, the precise microbial etiology of PID is unknown. Regardless of the initiating pathogen, PID is clinically considered a mixed infection. ...Read more

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Will 500mg of levaquin (levofloxacin) daily for 14 days prescribed for orchitis cure gonorrhea bacteria if it is present as well?

Will 500mg of levaquin (levofloxacin) daily for 14 days prescribed for orchitis cure gonorrhea bacteria if it is present as well?

Probably not: Gonorrhea has become a very resistant bacterial infection and has mutated so as to be unaffected by almost all antibiotics. The most currently promising antibiotic now used is ceftriaxone. Consult with an infectious disease specialist or std specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is doxycline strong enought to kill gonorrhea virus I'm allergic to penicillin?

Is doxycline strong enought to kill gonorrhea virus I'm allergic to penicillin?

Better...: Note: gonorrhea is a bacteria and not a virus. Antibiotics don't work on viral infections. To answer you question, doxy is a recommended drug to treat gonorrhea. Why? Gonorrhea resistance to cephalosporins (a penicillin like antibiotic) is rising; either Doxycycline or Azithromycin is effective in treating gonorrhea, and is recommended by the cdc. ...Read more

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Antibiotic like ampicilin after unprotected sexy does it have any effect on bacteria like gonorrhea?

Antibiotic like ampicilin after unprotected sexy does it have any effect on bacteria like gonorrhea?

Ampicillin: This will not help gonorrhea. About the only thing this is good for now is a strep infection. ...Read more

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When you have a bacterial infection, say gonorrhea, does that mean you're infected with a single bacterium or many bacteria?

When you have a bacterial infection, say gonorrhea, does that mean you're infected with a single bacterium or many bacteria?

See below: You would usually be infected with only one strain of a bacterial species but thousands or millions of individual bacteria cells would be present at the site of infection. ...Read more

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I went to a prof and he prescribed unasyn (ampicillin and sulbactam) 6 tablet single dosage for any type of bacteria including gonorrhea. Is it okay please help!

Unasyn (ampicillin and sulbactam) not for GC: Nope. Given that there is now a drug-resistant form of gonorrhea sweeping the western hemisphere unasyn (ampicillin and sulbactam) is not an appropriate treatment for gonorrhea, and I believe not for chlamydia either. I would get you to a doctor that is up to date on stds and such more appropriate to your choices and experience. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia or gonorrhea bacteria live in discard on vagina labia? And for how long?

STDS and Living: Yes. These two common stds, chlamydia and gonorrhea can live in the vagina until they are appropriately treated. In rare cases they can become chronic and life threatening infections if disseminated. If you have any concerns then getting a full std panel is advised. ...Read more

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After treatment yeast infection I had pain during intercourse with slight bleeding. Tests for bacteria, yeast, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are negative.?

After treatment yeast infection I had pain during intercourse with slight bleeding. Tests for bacteria, yeast, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are negative.?

Pain during sex: Let's talk about non-medical causes. Was it rougher type sex you had or was your partner not gentle enough? Could your partner's member been too large for you? It's not just infection that could have caused the pain and bleeding, you know. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial std. Is cephalexin good treatment for an STD like gonorrhea?

I have a bacterial std. Is cephalexin good treatment for an STD like gonorrhea?

GC resistant to CEPH: Cephalexin is not used these days for treatment of gonorrhea.
You need to be checked and treated by your doctor or a clinic. You need to be examined and culture taken for gonorrhea and chlamydia or dna probe test done on discharge or urine test
2014 guidelines for treating gonorrhea
one injection of ceftraxone250mgm or 400mgmof Cefixime orally
and 2 grms of azithromycine as it will treat chlamydia. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia and gonorrhea cause penile pimples and is it true that bacterial infections can cause mouth ulcers?

Can chlamydia and gonorrhea cause penile pimples and is it true that bacterial infections can cause mouth ulcers?

No just no: Ok... chlamyidia and gonnorhea cause URETHRAL infection. They have nothing to infect on the outside of the penis.
And. The mouth has a lot of bacteria. There isn't a good correlation between bacteria and most mouth ulcers. ...Read more

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Virus: Mumps (or rubulavirus) is a virus. Infection can be prevented with immunization with the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Is diphtheria a virus or bacteria? Please advise!

Bacteria: Diptheria is an upper respiratory illness caused by Corynebacterium diptheriae. It is a very unpleasant upper respiratory illness characterized by croupy breathing, shortness of breath with a grayish membrane seen in the pharynx. It is treatable with appropriate antibiotics but it is a completely preventable illness with appropriate vaccination. ...Read more

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What things have contributed to resistant strains of bacteria, viruses, etc?

What things have contributed to resistant strains of bacteria, viruses, etc?

See below: Bacterial resistance means that a bacteria is resistant to the bacteristatic or bactericidal effects of one or more antibiotics. There are many mechanisms that bacteria use to develop this resistance. They include the production of enzymes that degrade the antibiotic, altering the binding site of the antibiotic, pumping the antibiotic out of the cell after penetration etc. ...Read more

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Are bladder infections bacteria or viruses?

Are bladder infections bacteria or viruses?

Mostly Bacterial: Bacteria are much more common, especially ecoli. Viruses are the rare cause of bladder infection in an immunocompetent person, while they are increasing among immunocompromised patients especially in hemorrhagic cystitis, a type of bladder inflammation. Bk virus, adenovirus, and cytomegalovirus are the main ones. No matter what, bacterial bladder infection is much more common. ...Read more

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How can I know if a flu is caused by a virus or a bacteria?

How can I know if a flu is caused by a virus or a bacteria?

Influenza=virus: The flu is a viral infection, and never a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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How could polymerase chain reaction detect bacteria and viruses?

How could polymerase chain reaction detect bacteria and viruses?

Specific DNA probes: Each organism has unique DNA and or RNA and probes specific to each organism can be created. Such probes allow the organisms to be detected in biological or other samples. For an example of such a test, visit this site:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC265465/ ...Read more

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Are recurrent infections usually the same virus or same bacteria?

Recurrent infection: Since many types of bacteria and viruses have different strains, recurrence can be either the same type of orgaism but different strains or a different organism completely. ...Read more

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How can we find out if flu symptoms are due to a virus or bacteria?

How can we find out if flu symptoms are due to a virus or bacteria?

Consult yoiur doctor: The flue is due to a virus. There is a rapid determination that can be done to identify "the flu" it is a combination of respiratory symptoms, fatigue and other constitutional symptoms and low grade fever.
Bacterial respiratory disorders - pneumonia are usually accompanied by a high fever and respiratory distress. The evaluation to determine etiology is not complicated and can quickly done. ...Read more

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How long can bacteria or viruses live in a blood stain on clothing?

Little or no risk: Blood almost never transmits bacteria, only viruses. And blood borne viruses like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV (the AIDS virus) are rarely if ever transmitted from dried blood. Drying kills them (especially HIV), but how long they actually survive really doesn't matter. Launder the clothing normally, but don't worry if you happened to touch the dried blood. ...Read more

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What is opportunistic pathogen? Are they bacteria, viruses, or what?

What is opportunistic pathogen? Are they bacteria, viruses, or what?

OK Microbes. ..: A person with a healthy immune system will have certain bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc that colonize the body without causing disease. However, given the "opportunity" (i.e. Immunodeficiency, barrier compromise), these same microbes can cause disease. For example, staph bacteria found on human skin doesn't cause problems unless a skin cut allows the bacteria to get in and cause an infection. ...Read more

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How does the immune system work when it encounters a type of virus/bacteria?

How does the immune system work when it encounters a type of virus/bacteria?

Broad question: The immune system tailors it's response to various viruses and to various bacteria in several different ways that can be quite complex depending on how far you want to drill down. Some viruses are destroyed by specialized cytotoxic cells that kill the infected host cell thereby reducing viral replication. Some bacteria are lysed by a combination of antibodies and other blood components. ...Read more

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Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Not exactly: You're right to prompt the question, in that bacteria can be made more virulent by uptake of "signals" from a bacteriophage. Also, an e.Coli infection does not preclude a superimposed or secondary viral illness--which together compromises the host patient more than a single infection might. However, flu viruses can not live within e.Coli. ...Read more

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I have a hole in my eardrum, will I pick up viruses or bacteria from fresh water if I get in?

Likely: Let your ear drum heal before submerging your head in water.
In an emergency, you may consider using an ear plug.
Seek further advice from your doctor who diagnosed the hole in the ear drum. ...Read more

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Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks

Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks

Antibiotics: Antiseptics (such as bleach or alcohol) can kill both bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics, on the other hand, are medications that interfere with specific biological processes present only in bacteria (usually the reproduction process), which results in the death of the bacteria. These processes are not present in viruses, which have a different reproductive method, so antibiotics will not work. ...Read more

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Why is having sex more likely to transfer viruses and bacteria than any other types of bodily contact?

Why is having sex more likely to transfer viruses and bacteria than any other types of bodily contact?

Excellent question: Because the organisms live in the semen or vaginal secretions and are expelled onto mucous membranes or slightly damaged skin surfaces where they are able to attached to tissues and grow. Many of the most successful microorganisms are transmitted sexually. ...Read more

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I was sprayed with a mist by a stranger on the sidewalk. Are there any viruses or bacteria that can come in the form of a spray?

I was sprayed with a mist by a stranger on the sidewalk. Are there any viruses or bacteria that can come in the form of a spray?

Depends: It depends on what type of mist it was. Most have some sort of chemicals rather than virus or bacteria. If that affected your skin- clean withe running water. If eyes or mucosa are affected to to emergency. If burning itching or redness swelling - need to see a medical provider. If no issues- make sure you clean yourself up carefully. ...Read more

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Are there bacterias & viruses in human feces of a healthy person? Is washing the anus with jet water enough in removing it? Is soap needed?

Are there bacterias & viruses in human feces of a healthy person? Is washing the anus with jet water enough in removing it? Is soap needed?

Symbiotic relation: Bacteria are present throughout the huma skin, respiratory mucosa and intestinal tract. Majority of disease serve a positive purpose and getting rid of them for no reason will result in harm. Viruses can also be seen but not considered part of the normal flora. Can use get water and soap for added hygiene but do not do it because your want to get rid of the impossible. ...Read more

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I've seen a uv light wand that claims to kill viruses, bacteria, and odor. Its advertisement says hospitals use them. Is this true and effective?

UV light kills germs: True that UV light is damaging to various life forms-- including us! Except we're so much bigger than tiny germs it's hard to finish us off with a blast of UV. The CDC recognizes UV light as an effective way to disinfect small quantities of clear water. Any particles in the water (however small) could block the UV light and protect the germs. Boiling and iodine are older technologies that work. ...Read more

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What cause people to be allergic to me? Others have this also & call it patm. What is this? Fungi, virus, bacteria? It's ruining my life! Help plz!

What cause people to be allergic to me? Others have this also & call it patm. What is this? Fungi, virus, bacteria? It's ruining my life! Help plz!

Fragrance allergy: The most common allergy that people have to other people comes from a scented product that they are using. Try unscented products (body wash, laundry detergent, clothes softeners, deodorant) most importantly, avoid spray on fragances. ...Read more

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This is an educational question. I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does. However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?

This is an educational question. I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does. However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?

Yes, many: There are many chronic viral infections. HIV isn't unusual at all in this regard. A few that come to mine are Ebstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis; cytomegalovirus (CMV); varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chickepox and shingles; human T lymphotropic virus (HTLV); and probably a hundred others that haven't yet been identifed or named. ...Read more

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What's a bacteria virus?

Different: Bacteria are small microbes. Infections from bacteria are treated with antibiotics. Viruses are smaller than bacteria and are not treated with antibiotics. There is no such entity as a bacteria virus. They are different things. ...Read more

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What is a comparison of bacteria & virus?

Different things: Bacteria are small single-celled living things that grow on their own, and cause disease when they invade into the body. Viruses are small packets of genetic information that can do nothing on their own, but hijack the cellular machinery of the body to produce more virus particles. ...Read more

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What dangers could emerge from not being exposed to a variety of bacteria and viruses in childhood? None

What dangers could emerge from not being exposed to a variety of bacteria and viruses in childhood? None

When: When you say being "exposed, " I'm going to assume you mean being infected with.

So... Being infected with a bacteria will not make you any more or less susceptible or immune to any future exposure to that bacteria. Our bodies do not build immunity to a bacteria, only viruses. Thus, you can get a strep throat again and again and again, and no amount of getting a strep throat will ever make you immune to getting another strep throat.

Viruses are different, and once exposed or infected with a virus, we can develop immunity to that particular virus for a period of time. Depending on the virus, immunity can last anywhere from days to years. Viruses mutate (change), and a slightly different virus of the same sort can infect you even though you've had a strain of that virus before. It's iffy.

But even if you never had the usual "childhood diseases" (viruses), I assume you've been vaccinated against them, in which case, you're fairly well protected from future infection of whatever viruses you've been immunized against. ...Read more

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What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

Saliva: Can spread epstein-barr virus, rabies virus, herpes simplex, and bacteria such as eichinella corrodes and mouth anaerobes such as fusobacterium necrophorum. ...Read more

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What infections (viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more

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Gonorrhea (Definition)

A sexually transmitted bacterial infection that, if ...Read more